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Our Forestry Services

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro places great value on our urban forest. Although trees provide many benefits to our community, tree limbs and branches near powerlines can also be dangerous.

When tree limbs hit or fall on power lines they may become energized, posing a risk to the safety of anyone nearby. They can also cause damage to powerlines, causing unplanned outages.

Our Forestry team works hard to ensure that trees and other plants growing near powerlines do not cause any safety hazards or power outages for our customers. We carefully prune tree limbs to direct growth away from powerlines. We also use insulated power cable to help guard against outages caused by trees brushing up against the overhead wires.

Members of our Forestry Crew are Certified Utility Arborists (CUAs) who are qualified to work close to energized powerlines and are trained in proper pruning techniques. Tree trimming is performed on a regular cycle, using pruning practices that maintain the health of the tree while ensuring the security of the powerline.

View a map of our tree trimming cycles from 2012-2022

Tree Trimming on Your Property

As a property owner, you are responsible for keeping the service wires on your property clear of trees or tall vegetation.

You should make sure your trees and plants are regularly maintained and in good health. Inspect trees on a regular basis for damage and signs of decay such as:

  • Tree is rotting or decayed
  • Crown of the tree is fading
  • Leaves near powerlines have changed colour

You can perform your own pruning as long as you keep yourself, your equipment and all parts of the tree at least three metres away from the powerline. Overhead powerlines can be dangerous.

Caution: One of the most frequent hazards with do-it-yourself tree trimming is controlling the direction tree branches fall when they are clipped. If a branch falls in the wrong direction, it could come into contact with a powerline. Be mindful of powerlines near your trees when you perform this work and pay careful attention to how the tree limbs fall.

If you can't perform the work safely or are unsure, contact a Licensed Electrical Contractor that is certified to perform this work.